Friday, February 2, 2018

EPA Awards Port of Portland

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of Portland was among eight organizations and businesses to earn the US Environmental Protection Agency’s “Howard Orlean Excellence in Site Re-Use Award,” which honors Oregon’s public and private sector’s innovative and collaborative work in remediating and revitalizing Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park.

Recipients also include Alcoa Corp., the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the City of Troutdale, Multnomah County, FedEx Ground, Amazon and Trammell Crow Co.

“It is with these partnerships that we can advance the agency’s core mission of protecting human health and the environment in the best possible way,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “I congratulate the award winners and hope their efforts to turn a formerly polluted site into a beneficial addition to the surrounding communities becomes the norm for redevelopment and cleanup at Superfund sites across the country.”

The former Reynolds Metals Company Superfund Site has already welcomed a FedEx Ground sorting facility and an Amazon is erecting a fulfillment center.

“The Troutdale Reynolds Industrial Park demonstrates what can happen when partners work together to clean up the site, transcend political and jurisdictional boundaries and get the site ready for redevelopment,” said Chris Hladick, EPA regional administrator for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. “This project will pay both environmental and economic dividends for decades.”